Job Posting for the Massachusetts Public Health Association: Development Director

Full Time Position Available at the Massachusetts Public Health Association

Development Director

The Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) is seeking a Development Director energized by our values and mission and interested in growing professionally while assuring the financial health of the organization. MPHA, a statewide nonprofit organization, is a champion for public health in the Commonwealth. MPHA uses a combination of advocacy, community organizing, policy development, and coalition leadership to promote policy change, bolster public health infrastructure, and drive progress to greater health equity. 

Promoting racial justice is a core component of MPHA’s work and identity. As MPHA pursues policy changes to promote health equity, we strive to confront the history of structural racism that has been embedded in public policy. MPHA’s Health Equity Policy Framework is designed to guide us in addressing all forms of health inequities in our external work and internal practices. The framework places special emphasis on racial inequities because we believe that this injustice needs explicit attention.

MPHA’s success depends on a small but excellent staff and its ability to work as a team. We believe that our ongoing success depends on a diversity of lived experiences and talents as we strive for greater health equity in Massachusetts.

Position Overview

The Development Director (DD) reports to the Executive Director and is a core part of the MPHA Team. This is a full time (approx. 40 hour per week) position. MPHA’s office is in downtown Boston, though all staff are currently working remotely due to COVID. Work on weekends or afterhours is occasionally required.

This position is responsible for the development and implementation of annual fundraising plans to assure that MPHA has the resources to pursue its mission by focusing on growing MPHA’s individual and organizational membership, producing inspiring fundraising events, and developing a strategy to engage major donors. This position is not responsible for developing or writing grants (a significant part of MPHA’s annual revenue) but may play a role in assuring timely reporting. The DD will be responsible for developing event-related marketing materials, membership materials, and other forms of communication related to fundraising efforts. The selected candidate will be excited to engage donors and stakeholders in MPHA’s work.

Specific Responsibilities

Members and Donors

  • Develop and implement strategies to engage corporate donors, individual donors, individual members, and organizational members.
  • Refine, enhance, and grow the MPHA organizational membership program including member identification, cultivation, and engagement.
  • Oversee annual appeal – including drafting of letters and call scripts, matching Board members to donor lists, communicating with Board members, and supporting them in donor engagement.
  • Represent MPHA to potential donors as needed.


  • Direct the planning, marketing, and fundraising related to MPHA’s signature annual events – a Spring Awards Breakfast & an Annual Conference in the fall.
  • Work with the Operations Associate on day-to-day activities related to: coordination with venues/digital platforms; coordination with awardees and/or speakers; coordination with volunteers; preparation of materials; solicitation of sponsorships; ticket sales.
  • Oversight and coordination of all “day of” activities
  • Identification and supervision of events coordination consultant as needed.

Development Strategy

  • Coordinate and staff the Board Development Committee
  • Work with the Development Committee and Executive Director to create and execute the annual development plan.
  • Create an annual development calendar (based on the development plan) inclusive of tactics, actions, and benchmarks.
  • Over time, develop and manage a stakeholder cultivation calendar for ED and Board (for members, sponsors, and other donors). This should include visits with stakeholders, calls, and appeal letters.
  • Work with Executive Director and bookkeeper to monitor revenue against the development plan/calendar.

Reporting & Marketing

  • Prepare MPHA’s Annual Report and coordinate with communications vendor for final production and web posting.
  • Create graphics related to events, annual appeal, and membership for emails and social media.
  • Work with communication consultant to ensure that MPHA’s website and any other fundraising tools are fully functioning, on-message, branded, and easy for donors and prospective donors to find and use.

Database Management

  • Maintain the donor database and implement best practices for donor management. Coordinate with Operations Associate and members of the Policy & Field Team to assure quality data entry and hygiene.


  • Participation in staff meetings.
  • Recruit and supervise interns and/or volunteers as needed.
  • Occasional presentations or public speaking.

Working Conditions

This position may be based in MPHA’s office in Boston or in a home office. However, when staff return to the office (when it is safe to do so) in-person participation in weekly staff meetings in the Boston office will be required. This position’s duties require the ability to sit/stand and work at a desk for several hours at a time. Additionally, the position requires the ability to travel and attend meetings, presentations, and events outside the office, which may require occasional use of a motor vehicle for transportation to other locations not accessible by public transportation. Work may require weekends and/or extended workday.

Qualifications and Experience

We understand that there are many paths to acquiring experience, and that lived experience can provide important skills and abilities. Therefore, we welcome candidates from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds for this role, including those who have demonstrated transferable skills to carry out the major duties outlined in this job description.


  • Commitment to health equity; racial justice; and the mission, vision, and values of MPHA.
  • Fast and enthusiastic learner interested in growing your knowledge of MPHA’s mission and work.


  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Experience working with and communicating with a broad range of stakeholders.

Experience in Development

  • Demonstrated experience in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Demonstrated experience with and enthusiasm for relationship building.
  • Experience, and/or willingness, to engage in direct requests for funding.

Communication Skills

  • Exceptional English written and verbal communications skills, including editing and proofreading. (Final candidates will be asked for a writing sample and may be asked for a brief, real-time writing assignment or to role-play a phone call.)
  • Ability to flex communication style for different audiences and environments.
  • Skilled in use of technology including databases and multiple social media platforms (e.g., Microsoft Office, a CRM/Customer Relationship Management platform, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all a plus).

Project and Time Management

  • Experience in project management, developing action plans, and tracking progress.
  • Demonstrated experience in taking ownership of projects and leadership in driving work forward.
  • Exceptionally organized with strong attention to detail.
  • Strong time management and multi-tasking capabilities and ability to work in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to challenges with judgement and responsive planning.

Salary range: $55-65,000, depending upon experience. Excellent health, dental, and paid time off benefits. Short term disability and SIMPLE IRA.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals interested in applying should click You will be asked to complete some basic application information and provide a cover letter and resume. No calls, please.

MPHA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a workplace that reflects the diversity of the people of Massachusetts. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color.

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